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Totally Spain artisan shoes espadrille alpargata BarcelonaMost of the Spanish shoe producers are located in the east coast in Alicante and the Balearic Islands. And in this area you will find a number of outlet stores for some of the exclusive brands in villages such as Elche. But wherever you are, you’ll be able to pick up a pair of ‘made in Spain’s whether that’s at an outdoor market or an exclusive store. And if you are flying into Madrid or Barcelona airports, some of the terminals have a pretty good range of footwear as well. But what type of shoes should you be looking at in Spain?

Totally Spain artisan shoes espadrille alpargataFor Fun in the Sun

One of the most iconic shoe design is the espadrille which is called alpargata or espardenya in Spain. Great for hot days. Castaner is one of the more popular brands and the history of the company is a colourful as its range of shoes. The first Castaner workshop dates back to 1776 – although the present day company was only founded in 1927. During the Spanish Civil War, the company was nationalised because soldiers were sent to the front wearing espadrilles. When the Castaner family met Yves San Laurent in the 1960s in Paris, the first wedge espadrille was commissioned. Since then, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy and Salvador Dali (not the wedge heel – we think!) have worn this shoe.

Totally Spain artisan shoes menorquinas abarcas sandals

Alongside the espadrille is the other summer classic – the menorquina sandal also known as the avarca/abarca sandal. This century old design that was originally used by fishermen is today hugely popular with men, women and children. See how artisan these two sandals are in the videos below. First the espadrilles – watch how the craftsman creates the sole – it’s fascinating…

Totally Spain artisan shoes flamenco heelsand the making of the abarcas is equally impressive. Such as classic simple design…

Dancing Shoes

Another classic design is the flamenco heel. They are a big hit with Spanish girls learning flamenco. At the professional level, the heels are made from rosewood. They are designed to withstand a lot of stamping. The professional brands include and . You can see how these iconic shoes are made below…

Watch how the dancer’s shoe is put together…

Totally Spain artisan shoes Camper store GranadaInternational Design. Made in Spain

If you are looking to namedrop when wearing your new Spanish shoes, you should probably look at Stuart Weitzman‘s work. He lives and works in the US but makes his shoes here in Spain. His latest fashion shoot was photographed by Mario Testino and the model was Kate Moss. His clients include Michelle Obama and well, almost everybody who’s walked down a red carpet.

100% Spanish. 100% Sophistication

The country’s most acclaimed footwear designer is Manolo Blatnik. You can probably get more of his range in London and NY than you can in Spain, but he does have a store on Calle Serrano in Madrid and in the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona.

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